Dir: Quentin Tarantino, US, 2019, 161 mins
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie
Feted at Cannes this year, Quentin Tarantino's latest comedy-drama is an engrossing tale following a fading star of a western TV series and his long-time stunt double as they try to remain relevant in the fading Hollywood's golden age of 1969. A breezy all-star fantasia which blends Hollywood and Manson-era violence into dazzling and incendiary cinema.
Dir: Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Sp, 2018, 129 mins, Spanish dialogue with subtitles
Antonio de la Torre, Mónica López, Josep Maria Pou
A riveting political thriller about a thrusting politician whose upward trajectory is about to take a spiral in the opposite direction when his role in a corruption scandal is exposed. Bolstered by excellent acting all round from the large ensemble cast this is an enlightening character study, exposing shameless corrupt political schemes that accommodate high-end lifestyles. Remind you of anyone ?
Dir: Justin Kelly, US, 2018, 106 mins
Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Jim Sturgess
A biographical drama which details the six-year-long scheme hatched by author Laura Albert to convince the world that her sister-in-law was the teenage boy secretly serving as her own literary persona. A captivating and strongly acted true story, which gives a deep look into Albert's creative process and the personal demons that informed it.
Dir: Pedro Almodóvar, Sp, 2019, 113 mins, Spanish dialogue with subtitles
Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, Asier Etxeandia
A semi-autobiographical drama in which an ageing film director recalls a series of experiences and encounters from his past. From his childhood in the 60s to his first love in 80s Madrid and his discovery of cinema, we trace the director's path to his current predicament - a void that now stands between him and rediscovering his creative spark. An intensely felt homage to filmmaking from Spanish icon Pedro Almodovar.
Dir: Penny Lane, US, 2019, 94 mins
Jex Blackmore, Chalice Blythe, Nicholas Crowe
When media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple organise a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humour, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways. As charming and funny as it is thought-provoking.
Dir: Alexander Mackendrick, UK, 1949, 80 mins
Basil Radford, Catherine Lacey, Joan Greenwood, Gordon Jackson
Based on a true story, Ealing's wondrous and effervescent tale of a remote Scottish Island's inhabitants unwittingly having fallen foul of a total lack of their national tipple when salvation seemingly arrives in the form of a wrecked cargo ship holding a lifetimes supply. Rescuing the booty is one thing; hiding the precious stuff from the mainland authorities who come looking is an entirely different matter.
There will be a free whisky tasting in the foyer before the screening.
Dir: Alexander Payne, US, 2004, 127 mins
Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh
The widely admired, Oscar-winning comedy famously set Merlot sales tumbling (and boosted those of Pinot Noir) based on its lead character’s acidly aired wine reviews. As we close Food Feast 2018 it’s time to celebrate food’s eternal (and often more enjoyable) bedfellow – drink!
There will be a free wine-tasting in the foyer before the screening and the film features an exclusive Film Feast video introduction from the film’s writer/director, Alexander Payne.
Dir: Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts, UK, 2019, 100 mins, Arabic dialogue with subtitles
A powerful documentary by Waad al-Katean, who filmed her own life in rebel-held Aleppo for five years, as she fell in love, married and gave birth to a daughter. An extraordinary war diary in which she captures everyday Syrian life and her struggle to decide if she should flee to protect her daughter's life when leaving means abandoning her fight for freedom. An epic tale of the survival of love and courage amid the cruelty of war.
Dir: Joanna Hogg, UK, 2019, 120 mins
Honor Swinton Byrne, Tom Burke, Tilda Swinton
Julie, a film school student, meets sophisticated but troubled Anthony at a dinner party and enters into a turbulent romance with him despite her mother's warnings. Based on the director's own experiences as a film student in London during the 1980s, this is an honest portrait of a young artist battling with her ambitions, limitations and desires.
Joanna Hogg builds on previous works Archipelago and Exhibition to emerge as one of the most singular visions working today in British filmmaking. Winner of the Sundance 2019 World Cinema Dramatic prize, The Souvenir truly is a film that stays with you, fixating in the mind long after the last utterly gorgeous frame.
On the evening of Sat 12 Oct we are delighted to welcome Ipswich based Rebecca Gillies who worked as Set Dresser on the film to talk about her role and give an insight into this important but under-appreciated craft.
"The Souvenir feels like the only film in the world that matters" - Time Out
"Hogg has found a contemporary English response to the rhetoric of Antonioni or Visconti"
- The Guardian
Dir: Tamara Kotevska & Ljubomir Stefanov, Macedonia, 2019, 87 mins, Turkish & Macedonian with subtitles
Shot over three years, this is an immersive documentary set in remote rural Macedonia in which a life-long wild beekeeper's livelihood is threatened by the arrival of a rowdy Turkish family with newer, less nature-conscious farming methods. An eye-opening meditation on the balance between humans and nature, exploitation and sustainability.
Dir: Michael Engler, UK, 2019, 122 mins
Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith
Set in 1927, two years after where the TV series ended, this theatrical sequel follows the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them in the stately home. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England unleashes scandal, romance and intrigue that will endanger the future of Downton.
Dir: Martha Pinson, UK, 2019, 92 mins
Sebastian Street, Stuart Brennan, Stephanie Leonidas, Stephen Fry
Feel-good drama focusing on the story of Tesla, a soldier injured in Afghanistan who has returned home suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Alone with his regrets and a very bleak horizon he forms an unlikely friendship with a man who lives every day as though it's his last, which will challenge him and change his life.
Dir: James Gray, US, 2019, 123 mins
Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, Tommy Lee Jones
An awe-inspiring science-fiction drama in which a lonely astronaut agrees to go on a mission to travel to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and resolve a mystery that threatens life on Earth. A haunting story of father and son's dysfunctional relationship which also raises questions about our place in the universe and in our families.
Dir: Barnaby Southcombe, UK, 2018, 87 mins
Jessica Barden, Jordan Bolger, Jodhi May
An atmospheric drama set in North Yorkshire portraying the parallel illicit relationships between two students and their teachers over the course of a seaside holiday. A sensory exploration of impossible love, which also questions our gender-based reactions as the line between innocence and transgression blurs.
Dir: Adrian Noble, UK, 2019, 91 mins
Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall, Stephen Lord
A portrait of much loved British artist L.S. Lowry and his relationship with his overbearing mother, who bed-ridden and unhappy, tried to dissuade him from pursuing his passion. Led by the powerhouse team of Vanessa Redgrave and Timothy Spall, this is a beautiful drama about family separated by art and ambition, and a vivid snapshot of the industrial North West.
Dir: Jake Scott, US, 2018, 112 mins
Christina Hendricks, Sienna Miller, Amy Madigan
Sienna Miller gives a once-in-lifetime performance as an unorganised single woman in her thirties who takes on the parenting of her infant grandson after her daughter goes missing one night. A gripping drama about how tragedy and grief can help to rebuild one's life.
Dir: Lulu Wang, US, 2019, 100 mins, Mandarin & English dialogue with subtitles
Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin
A semi-autobiographical comedy-drama in which a family fakes the wedding of a cousin to gather together one last time before their matriarch, unaware of her fate, dies as a result of a terminal illness. A heartfelt human story, where ultimately the lie brings out the opportunity to discover larger truths about life.
Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard,P. Cited by the British Film Institute as the greatest British film ever made, Carol Reed’s classic drama returns to cinema screens for its 70th anniversary. An American novelist travels to Allied-occupied Vienna to take on a job offered to him by an old friend and learns that he has died days before. Suspicious, he sets out to find the truth behind his friend's death.
Audiences will be treated to a pre-screening musical performance from Cornelia Mayer, a Viennese zither player, including insights into the genesis of the score and anecdotes about its composer Anton Karas, and a post-screening Q&A hosted by film critic and author Matthew Sweet featuring Angela Allen, one of the last remaining Third Man crew members, and fan of the film writer/director Hossein Amini.
Dir: Rupert Goold, US, 2019, 118 mins
Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Rufus Sewell
A biographical drama about the life of American singer and actress Judy Garland, following her arrival in England to perform a series of sell-out concerts in 1968. A full-hearted and honest tribute to a Hollywood legend brought to sparkling life by a five-star lead performance from Zellweger.
Dir: Ross Clarke, Norway, 2019, 98 mins, Norwegian dialogue with subtitles
August Diehl, Jakob Cedergren, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina
A compelling thriller set in Norway during WWII, in which Esther, a Jewish teenager on the run, is forced to disguise herself as a boy to hide on an occupied farm. Through her eyes and her courageous fight for survival, we learn some of the lesser-known stories of the Nordic communities during the conflict.
Dir: Gabe Turner & Benjamin Turner, US, 2019, 112 mins
Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Miller London
An inspiring documentary about the legendary music record label, giving us a personal behind-the-scenes look at its evolution, from 1959's first headquarters in a house on West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, to the move to LA in 1979, when it became an entertainment conglomerate. An ode to the force of creativity which produced music that transcended time, cultures, generations and ethnicities.